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Old 04-04-2011, 12:46 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Last snow run of the year

Here are some pics from a snow run made in the Oregon Cascades on 4/2. After this it was time to take these tires off and go back to something a little more normal for the warm part of the year.

disclaimer: Make sure someone knows where you are going, take emergency supplies, know your limits and stay within them, etc., etc.


This is a view of the road down lower, early in the day. There is quite a bit of new snow since anyone drove this road. I had been up here about a month earlier, and it looks like several other folks had followed those tracks for part of the way. I eventually got far enough that everything was snowed in and pristine looking. There's about 2 feet of snow on the road at this point.


This was the view out the side window where the first picture was taken. Just enough fresh snow to make everything beautiful.


This spot slowed me down a bit. There was around 3 feet of snow, but it was melted down to the road on both sides and there wasn't enough room to skirt around it. I shoveled enough snow in the holes on to allow the Jeep to make it through. The big fat tires are keeping the Jeep on top of this deep snow. They are 33x15.50 Dick Cepek FCII-s at about 4psi. Delayed, but not yet stopped.


This is what it looked like after I went through. Almost slipped in. Not a lot of margin.


There is a road in front of me, theoretically. The way the snow had drifted and partially melted earlier in the year left it a bit dicey in places. It was just enough of a side slope to keep making the Jeep want to slide off of the road and down the hill. Caution and the occasional liberal use of my shovel stopped that from happening.


Last pic of the day. This is where I turned around. I'd had enough for one day. The hole beside the front tire is where I dug down to see how deep the snow was. It was about 40" deep. You can just see the handle of my shovel sticking up out of the hole.

The snow was of a consistency at this elevation that didn't provide much traction. The chains helped some.
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Old 04-04-2011, 12:55 PM   #2
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Those are some really sweet pics, I want to take a trip up through the northern backcountry one day. I would like to go to alaska for an exploration trip one day.
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Old 04-04-2011, 02:30 PM   #3
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Excellent photos. Every time I go snowshoeing in the Sierras on a sunny day I go crazy with the camera. Nothing beats bright blue sky, green pine trees, and white untracked snow everywhere. Beautiful!
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Old 04-04-2011, 06:43 PM   #4
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Thanks for the compliments, guys. One of the things I like about wheeling in the snow is how incredibly beautiful it is. Here's a link to my flickr account. It has access to higher resolution versions of these pics as well as a couple I didn't include here.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/36674984@N00/
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Old 04-05-2011, 08:52 AM   #5
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Great photos. I am working in planning some WA group trips down your way this year. OR has some incredible scenery and trail systems.
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no winch and you appear to be by yourself
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no winch and you appear to be by yourself
It's okay... I have an organ donor card
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Man, you told him!!!

Edit: BTW, beautiful pics. I want to see that part of the country.
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you my friend are nuts.... my ass would of been long turned around, there is like 4 feet of snow your jeep is on, a little bit of spinning would of made for a really bad day :P great pics
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you my friend are nuts.... my ass would of been long turned around, there is like 4 feet of snow your jeep is on, a little bit of spinning would of made for a really bad day :P great pics
Thanks for the comment on the pics!

I won't dispute the "nuts" assertion.

As to any spinning making it a really bad day, that wasn't really the case. I'm not driving on top of a crust or anything. This snow was really soft. I just have the weight spread out enough that the Jeep doesn't sink as much as I do walking around. That's why I'm running 15.50 tires at 4 psi (and those tires have a fairly thin side wall so they are real flexible).

If the tires spin, the Jeep will high center quite easily. But it only takes me about 20 to 30 minutes of digging to get enough of the snow out from under it so the weight is back on the tires. Then I shovel a bit of a path for the tires to get them going the right direction and I'm back in business. I don't have to shovel all the way down to the road - just enough to make it no longer high centered.

I shoveled out probably a dozen times over the course of the day. Not really a big deal.

I might be nuts, but it is a calculated and experienced sort of nuts.
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